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Should be fixed now. Thanks for flagging this, roger!

I've enjoyed this essay which gives one of the most coherent preces of my work. Hope you don't mind me pointing out, though, that I've developed the idea of the Multiverse in a pretty straightforward 'scientific' way since I first proposed it in a space opera The Sundered Worlds in which I also anticipated Black Holes and, for what it's worth, macro-computers. I wasn't at the time aware that the term had previously been used by James and Powys (to mean different things)but I was describing physical ideas, not metaphors. I've continued to develop this idea in various places (most recently in an introduction to the collected MM's Multiverse comic and in a short short The Visible Men in NATURE). I was riffing off notions of Entropy and 2nd Law of Thermodynamics as I understood them. Although by no means a physicist, I've always been interested in theoretical physics, including anomalies in quantum theory. I'm not making great claims, of course, but used to argue regularly that theoretical physics and poetry had much in common (I remember Robert Oppenheimer arguing much the same) - which is how I lucked on the ideas in this otherwise rather pulpy early sf story which first appeared in SF ADVENTURES in 1963. Only later did I begin using the idea as a metaphor for the mind. Again, thanks for the essay.

Mike: it was my pleasure to write this serial; since I will never have the time to write the Moorcock Concordance I once dreamed of, I will settle for your kind words on this sequence of posts as a final reward for decades of avidly consuming your novels. :)

I can see what you mean about the Multiverse idea developing in a "scientific" manner, but I still feel that the way you play with the idea in many of your stories lends some weight to my claim that you are using it as a literary space - although, of course, you are the definitive expert on your own work! :) I think, perhaps, you are clarifying the way the idea originated for you, rather than disputing the way you have used it later.

As an ex-astrophysicist myself, I was struck by your claim (via Jerry Cornelius) in "The Condition of Muzak" that grand unification theory would fail (which, although it is open to debate, it did). That may have been beginning of my healthy scepticism of shoehorn solutions to theoretical problems in physics (including, for instance, the Higgs boson). This is precisely because, as you say here, physics and poetry have something fundamental in common - a striving towards elegance through formal construction. Art and science are not as different as we sometimes assume! :)

Many thanks for stopping by to comment! An unexpected and most pleasant surprise, since I thought you would have remained within the infinite folds of the Miscellany rather than venturing out into my own virtual backyard. ;)

Best wishes! (And remember me if you need a videogame consultant, as it would be my pleasure to assist you or your agent in this regard).

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